Charity Spotlight – Reception House

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Reception House has helped thousands of refugees settle in Waterloo Region over thirty years.

Here we explore the work of Reception House. They were featured as the charitable partner at the True North 2019 conference. We were pleased to share more about their amazing work.

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Charity Spotlight – The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

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One in twenty households needs food assistance, which is why The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is there to help. The scale of the operation is impressive and speaks to the need in our communities.

Here we explore the work of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region with practical suggestions on how you too can contribute. 

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Charity Spotlight – Homeward Bound Brockville

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Homeward Bound is a specialist program of The Employment + Education Centre in Brockville for single mothers. The women have a significant increase in self-esteem at the end of the program.

Here we explore the work of this Employment + Education Centre program that is seeing tangible results empowering these mother-led families.

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Charity Spotlight – Days for Girls

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Days for Girls celebrates its 10th birthday on November 1. All over the world, women and girls lose days of school, work, and family life because they don’t have what they need during that time of the month.

Here we explore the work of Days for Girls whose movement has reached more than one million girls and women in 124 countries.

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Charity Spotlight – First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

The Residential Schools system is a blight on Canada’s human rights record. The Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recognises the damage inflicted on generations of First Nations people.

Here we explore the work of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society that stands with First Nations children, youth, and families for equal opportunities to succeed. Spirit Bear has become central to their work and embodies the reconciliation movement that represents the 165,000 children impacted.

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Charity Spotlight – Bowel Cancer Australia

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Bowel cancer does not discriminate; claiming the lives of 84 people each week in Australia. For Australians aged 25–29, bowel cancer is the most common cause of cancer death.

Here we explore the work of Bowel Cancer Australia, awarded the NGO of the Year in the 2017 Prime Awards. Providing well-coordinated cancer care, in Australia, can be a complex task due to an often fragmented health care system. It necessitates treatment and supportive-care services in hospital and community settings, across public and private sectors. Each year, over fifteen thousand Australians are diagnosed with the disease, two thousand of whom are under the age of 55.

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Charity Spotlight – National Eczema Association

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The National Eczema Association prides itself on being the voice, the resource and the hub for the 30 million Americans who are living with eczema.

Here we explore the work of the National Eczema Association that brings hope and happiness to those with this common condition, that in many cases is also manageable.

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Charity Spotlight – CNIB Centenary

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Vision loss doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. With the right support, people who are blind or partially sighted can do almost anything.

CNIB began as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind 100 years ago. Here we examine their ethos of seeing beyond vision loss, note how technology has evolved from Braille to the latest tech and how you could also be a CNIB Vision Mate.

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Episode 2 – Charity Spotlight podcast with Dave Dryden

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Welcome to episode 2 of our new podcast. I thoroughly admire the work of Sleeping Children Around the World. I feel enriched through every conversation with the charismatic Dave Dryden.

Listen here to our interview recorded at Pasqualino’s in Milton. It is motivating to hear him speak about his parents legacy, volunteerism, activism by young people and social media.

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